Three lightly clad hikers emerged safe today after 24 hours in snow, fog and wind on Mt. Washington, where the wind-chill at the summit was 17 below zero this morning.
The three students ignored advice from a shelter caretaker on the 6,288-foot mountain Sunday evening and continued toward the summit, said Peter Crane, a member of the staff at a mountaintop weather observatory. A searcher said the hikers had no rain gear or warm clothes and were wearing blue jeans and poor boots. Their only provisions were two apples and a soda bottle full of water.